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BREAKING NEWS ~ Bush selects Harriet Miers as White House counsel

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush has picked deputy chief of staff Harriet Miers as White House counsel, the post to be vacated by attorney general nominee Alberto Gonzales.

1:10 PM ET - The AP story is available here. Harriet Miers formerly served as Bush's personal lawyer in Texas, and has been serving as deputy chief of staff since 2003. A bio of Harriet Miers is available here. The appointment of White House counsel does not require Senate confirmation.

10:00 PM ET - The official White House statement on the appointment is now online here.

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